Definition of salvo in US English:



  • 1A simultaneous discharge of artillery or other guns in a battle.

    • ‘Three days later, after the Leningrad - Moscow railway had been cleared, Stalin declared the blockade broken, and that night the city's anti-aircraft batteries fired victory salvos while the battle rumbled on the western horizon.’
    • ‘The UK PAAMS will defend the ships from missiles approaching individually or in salvos and is capable of controlling a large number of airborne missiles simultaneously.’
    • ‘Westminster fired the first salvoes of new extended range ammunition off the Dorset coast, sending 4.5in shells 25 per cent further than any other warship in service with the Royal Navy.’
    • ‘The resulting yield from the salvo caused the Battlecruiser to break apart, a tidal wave of flame running its entire length.’
    • ‘The battle began with a salvo from the Teutonic Order's bombards but, like most artillery of the time, that had little effect in the open field.’
    • ‘These projectors are now loaded with grenades like the US M76, which produce a smoke-screen of hot fragments which descend slowly, and which can be topped up with additional salvos.’
    • ‘As a result of being hit by two torpedoes and over 20 salvos of gunfire in a night attack, Canberra I sustained critical damage.’
    • ‘The rockets also are spin-stabilized to reduce the dispersion of rockets and thus to increase the accuracy and density of salvos.’
    • ‘We fired a couple of salvoes at what we thought was the Bismarck before the Prince of Wales said we were firing at the wrong ship and we changed over.’
    • ‘The vertical launching system has the capacity to launch 16 Tomahawk submarine launched cruise missiles in a single salvo.’
    • ‘It also developed a new ideology of team and reciprocal protection of air combat formations, and cruise missile salvos by naval ships.’
    • ‘It was said that French soldiers at Verdun were given much heart when they heard the distant rumble of the first British artillery salvos at the Somme.’
    • ‘The Macaw's cannons unleashed a salvo that pummeled the pinnace.’
    • ‘A situation might call for an Arclite barrage from a division of siege tanks or a deadly battleship salvo of a targeted area.’
    • ‘The submerged firing of the missiles can be conducted in a single salvo while the submarine is moving at a speed of 5 knots.’
    • ‘The Columbia opened fire with full battery salvoes, disgorging a storm of blue-white plasma fire into the separate targets.’
    • ‘Off Norway, Triton challenged a darkened submarine but failed to elicit a response before firing a salvo which sent Oxley to the bottom.’
    • ‘Artillery salvos can be fired farther, and it seems that bit easier to pick off an advancing armor unit that has had its mobility reduced considerably as a result of the steepness of the slope.’
    • ‘In an overwhelming majority of cases, enemy batteries, owing to high accuracy of firing and the destructive force of projectiles, had time enough to fire one or two salvos before they were straddled with friendly gunfire and went silent.’
    • ‘Hmas Australia did her duty on convoys, and once relieved she was thrust into the war and found herself battling French cruisers off Dakar in early 1940 delivering punishing salvos and receiving her first scars of battle.’
    barrage, volley, shower, deluge, torrent, burst, stream, storm, flood, spate, rain, tide, avalanche, blaze, onslaught
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    1. 1.1 A number of weapons released from one or more aircraft in quick succession.
      • ‘On Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, along with a CBS television crew, I was able to hide on a hillside overlooking the camp and watch the Apache helicopter gunships deliver their deadly salvoes.’
      barrage, cannonade, battery, blast, bombardment, broadside, fusillade
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    2. 1.2 A sudden, vigorous, or aggressive act or series of acts.
      ‘the pardons provoked a salvo of accusations’
      • ‘It has launched its new price comparison service, the latest salvo in the battle for dominance in the Internet search space.’
      • ‘In his opening salvo of the contest, for instance, Mr Clarke devoted more than half an hour of his declaration speech to saying why he wasn't going to talk about the euro and barely mentioned any other subject.’
      • ‘The Conservatives and Labour today launched the opening salvos in the battle for the parent vote, both promising to give people more choice over their child's schooling and to crack down on poor behaviour.’
      • ‘Neil's questioning could be viewed as the opening salvo in the battle for next year's elections to the Scottish parliament, with national economic performance likely to be one of the key issues after health, education and transport.’
      • ‘Yesterday the first salvos were fired in a battle over plans for a giant incinerator in Belvedere.’
      assault, attack, offensive, aggression, advance, charge, onrush, rush, storming, sortie, sally, raid, descent, incursion, invasion, foray, push, thrust, drive, blitz, bombardment, barrage, storm, volley, shower, torrent, broadside
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Late 16th century (earlier as salve): from French salve, Italian salva ‘salutation’.